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This Week’s Best Reading
“Ivy League” start-up accelerator Y Combinator is shaking up its funding strategy. Read about it here.
There's ample “seed” money around to help companies get started. But with less “Series A” funding available to keep them going, many promising start-ups are going out of business. Paul Singh, who helped start 500 Startups, is launching a venture fund to help.
Customers don't care if a company's advantage is unfair. Investors don't care, either. Unfair advantages are often the best kind. Where do they come from? Find out here.
For decades, big companies have shopped in Silicon Valley for start-ups. Lately, the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace. But more often than not, the results of these acquisitions stink. Steve Blank explains why.
Craig Newmark of Craigslist highlights five start-ups founded by vets that are taking off. "Vets are effective entrepreneurs, and many of the skills veterans have overlap with those needed to found a startup." Read the post.
Tech stocks have tumbled recently, and that could lead to a decline in start-up valuations. "As you saw the public-market valuations go up, it pulled the private market valuations with them," said Byron Deeter, a partner with Bessemer Venture Partners. “If public markets continue to pull back, I absolutely expect that private markets will adjust quickly." Read more here.
We’ve been through bubbles before, most recently in 1999, and people are saying we’re in one now. Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon dissect today’s public and private market conditions to answer the question: Bubble or no bubble?
Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures penned another in a series of thoughtful blog posts on "Startup Wealth and Randomness." Read it here.
Warning: Dave Pell might just blow your mind. Read anyway.
Peter Thiel, the legendary PayPal founder and start-up investor, along with his longtime colleague, Ajay Royan, is assembling a shocking portfolio of companies that most folks in Silicon Valley have never heard of, and would never consider funding. Check it out here.